With a new poll out this week showing former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) running even with former Sen. George Allen (R) in a potential Senate matchup, two Virginia Democrats said Tuesday that they are banking on a Kaine candidacy.
Rep. Jim Moran told Roll Call that he hopes Kaine runs. He said that if Kaine does not announce soon, he would be “on the phone to [former Rep.] Tom Perriello.”
Rep. Gerry Connolly, who did his part to recruit Kaine during a speech at last month’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in Richmond, reiterated Moran’s hope.
“More important than electability, this is a person of strong values, strong convictions, and who would be a really wonderful plus for the U.S. Senate,” he said.
Kaine is on vacation until Monday, so no decision is expected this week.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.